We did, indeed, miss them when they were gone. Now the Barden Bellas, and their “Cups,” are back.
A trailer for Pitch Perfect 2 has arrived, with Anna Kendrick, Rebel Wilson, and Brittany Snow hitting all the right notes. When it premieres next summer, we’ll find the a cappella crew at a time when “they are prohibited… from competing at the collegiate level,” and must win a professional match to fall back in good graces, according to first-time director Elizabeth Banks. Though she’ll reprise her role as International Championship of Collegiate A Cappella judge Gail Abernathy-McKadden, Banks is more excited for her behind-the-scenes role… kinda.
“This is the stupidest idea I’ve ever had,” she joked to Entertainment Weekly while on set. “My first movie is this huge studio movie that a lot of people care about that also happens to be a musical with massive dance numbers. I don’t know what I was thinking.” On a more serious note, she says the success of Pitch Perfect garnered more backing from studio heads, who are pushing part two to its full potential.
“The first film flew under the radar, and it was a gift,” she said. “This time around, much higher stakes… Everybody is much more involved… As the saying goes, ‘Success has many fathers.’”
Check out the first trailer for Pitch Perfect 2 below, and get your hand-song coordination back in tip-top shape.